Great rounds expected at golf tourney

Christina Spence-Proteau watches her tee shot at last spring’s Women’s Mid Island Amateur.

Christina Spence-Proteau watches her tee shot at last spring’s Women’s Mid Island Amateur.

The city’s most high-calibre, high-profile women’s golf tournament tees off this weekend.

The Nanaimo Golf Club plays host to another Women’s Mid Island Amateur this Saturday (June 4) and Sunday.

“This is a terrific spectator event, and the public is welcome to come and watch,” said Charlene Jamieson, tournament chairwoman, in a press release.

Some of the favourites this year will be Victoria’s Alison Murdoch, a member of the Golf Hall of Fame of B.C.; Victoria’s Penny Baziuk, a three-time winner of the Mid Island Amateur; and Port Alberni’s Christina Spence-Proteau, another former tournament champ who has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open this summer. Janine Kosmenko of Victoria will defend her low-net title from last year and will contend for the low-gross title, too. All told there will be more than 100 women in the field.

Aside from trying to post low rounds, golfers will be shooting for one of the hole-in-one prizes at the tourney, notably a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

The golf gets started Saturday with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s final round begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, please visit www.nanaimogolfclub.ca.